Size:

30.74 ha (75.96 acres)

Grid reference:

TG159412

Map reference:

Explorer 252

OS Landranger 133

This patchwork of broadleaf and conifer woods and heathland is teeming with wildlife. Look out for the veteran trees that date back hundreds of years, including oak, beech and sweet chestnut.

Enjoy a stroll around the sculpture trail or climb to the wood’s highest point for spectacular views over the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). All are just a 15-minute walk from the seaside town of Sheringham.

Features

  • Parking at site
  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Waymarked walk
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Old Wood, Sheringham

Old Wood is a 30.7-hectare (76-acre) site situated south of Sheringham on the Holt Cromer ridge.

From Sheringham, travel west on the A1082 (Holway Road) and turn left onto Pretty Corner Lane. The car park is on Pretty Corner, the south-west corner of the wood.

The nearest train station is Sheringham, 1.6km (1 mile) away from the wood.

Visit National Rail for more information.

There are bus stops along the A1082 which are on several bus routes.

Visit Traveline for more information.

Facilities and access

You can access the wood from Pretty Corner Lane or from the surrounding woodland. The site has many paths, some of which are surfaced. They are steep in places and those at the bottom of the hill can be muddy in winter.

There is a waymarked route of sculpture posts running through Old Wood and Pretty Corner Wood. Each post gives a clue about what you can find close by. The walk takes around 1.5 hours and is suitable for pushchairs.

The wood’s highest point, at 96 metres (315 feet) above sea level, is one of the highest in Norfolk, with fine views towards Sheringham and out to the North Sea.

There is a small, free car park at on Pretty Corner Lane for up to four cards, plus a further car park on Holway Road.

The nearest public toilets are in the centre of Sheringham.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

Fourteen butterfly species have been recorded in Old Wood, including the comma, gatekeeper and speckled wood.

If you’re very lucky you might spot the invertebrate inhabitants, such as adders and slow worms. The three ponds are home to freshwater fish, frogs, toads, dragonflies and damselflies.

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Trees, plants and fungi

The woodland areas are a mixture of coniferous plantation, planted in the early 1960s, and mature secondary woodland. Part of the site is predominantly broadleaf with a small area of under-planted conifer. Some sections in the south-western part of the wood are potentially remnant ancient woodland.

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Habitats

With a mixture of heathland, acid grassland and woodland, Old Wood is a conservation project in the making. It's already home to bats, adders and slow worms and it is hoped that the area will eventually become one of North Norfolk’s key conservation habitats.

Restoration work on the heathland and open ground during the winters of 2000 and 2005 resulted in the return of typical species, including ling heather, wavy hair grass, gorse and broom.

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History of Old Wood, Sheringham

Old Wood lies on the Holt Cromer Ridge, a remnant of the Ice Age from 15,000 years ago. In the past, the site was dominated by heathland and acid grassland, with scattered areas of woodland. When sheep grazing declined, birch, rowan and Scots pine invaded. This resulted in the loss of heathland, which is now threatened and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat in Norfolk.

In 1997, we purchased 19 hectares (48 acres) of the site, and in 2009 a further 11 hectares (27 acres) was gifted under a long-term management agreement by Sheringham Town Council. Much of the coniferous part of Old Wood is now being restored to native, broadleaved woodland and heathland.

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

Dedicate at this wood

This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Things to do in Old Wood, Sheringham

Early purple orchids

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

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Old Wood - Management plan

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Old Wood Management Plan

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